General regulations

  • There are no requirements for accreditation, registration, licensing, or approval from the state for private schools in Arkansas, but they do have requirements on incorporation of schools and composition of governing boards.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools in Arkansas.

  • In Arkansas, a home school is a school provided by a parent or legal guardian for his or her own child, and private schools cannot be registered as home schools.

  • Arkansas has no published insurance requirements for schools.

Education regulations and resources for starting a private school in the state of Arkansas

State funding sources & support

Arkansas does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum requirements

The language of instruction must be English and an American flag must be displayed on school grounds when school is in session.


Teacher certification & hiring

Private school teachers are exempt from certification requirements.


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Food services / school lunch

In Arkansas, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Child Nutrition Unit of the Department of Education.


Length of school year

Regulations on school day and school year length do not apply to private schools.


Recordkeeping and reports

The Arkansas Department of Education collects private school information, including:  school name, mailing address, number of enrolled students, and grade levels taught, the administrator's name and contact information, and whether the school participates in federal programs for funding.


Health and safety requirements

Students must have immunizations and be screened for scoliosis. Additionally, schools must provide monthly fire drills and keep all exits unlocked during school hours.


Transportation

No statutes exist regarding transportation options for private schools.


Testing

There are no state requirements for the testing of private school students.


State and regional associations


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Disclaimer

We've done our best to pull together current and accurate information. Even so, there may be omissions or mistakes or content that needs to be updated. If you have recommendations for any resources or corrections, we appreciate your input so we can continue to improve this guide for everyone. 

Nothing in this guide should be construed as legal, business, or tax advice. It is important that you engage qualified professionals who can advise you on such matters, and please visit the Department of Education pages for your state to verify you are in compliance with all regulations.


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